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10 Cool 3D Printers for Kids (Updated for 2018)

10 Cool 3D Printers for Kids (Updated for 2018)

Printers are one of the most unloved tech tools around. Paper jams, low toner errors, and simply connecting to a printer are headaches we’ve all faced at one time or another.

So, how can we make printing fun again?

3D printing is already changing the way that we produce objects, from clothing and appliances, to tools and toys. Almost anything can be printed with these new gadgets. This is why getting a 3D printer for home or school could be the coolest thing for kids to experiment with. Kids can develop skills such as moulding, sculpting, and creating a blueprint, which requires planning and creativity.

By connecting to mobiles and tablets, kids can download STL files and easily print out objects to play with, share with friends, or even sell online.

3D printers for kids encourage creativity and imagination, as well as giving them an opportunity to produce their very own 3D printed toys. With lots of new 3D printers on the market, there is something for every budget and skill level.

This article was originally published in 2016 and was last updated January 2018.

1. FlashForge 3D Printer

The FlashForge 3D Printer is another amazing 3D printer that creates almost anything from a small elephant to a more complex figurine such as head statues. The printer offers WIFI, USB, and smart phone integration to control and create numerous designs and projects.

2. FlashForge Inventor II

The next generation of the FlashForge Finder is the Inventor II. Designed for children and beginners this 3D printer features a special automatic door sensor that pauses the print job for extra security. It uses a biodegradable material and is a great 3D printer for classrooms.

3. New Matter MOD-t 3D Printer

The New Matter MOC-t 3D printer is one of the most elegant on the market. Kids can start printing within 20 minutes of set up, with no assembly required, and its wireless capability makes printing from any device a breeze. The printer comes with a clear cover allowing kids to see the printing process while keeping their fingers safe from moving parts.

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4. XYZprinting da Vinci Jr. 1.0

The XYZprinting da Vinci Jr. 1.0 3D Printer is one of the more affordable. The printer has a very easy to configure interface and would be a great starter printer for anyone who wanted to get into 3D printing.

5. Micro 3D Printer

The Micro 3D printer is another easy-to-use 3D printer using at home. You can access multiple downloadable models that allow you to create high quality projects at efficient time rates. It also comes with an online application that is suitable for most smart phones, tablet and iPads.

6. XYZprinting da Vinci Jr. 1.0 3-in-1

Some 3D printers offer more than just creating objects, letting kids go even further with their innovations. The da Vinci Jr 1.0 3-in-1 not only prints 3D objects, but also works as a scanner and laser engraver. The engraver allows kids to etch on wood, leather or cardboard, and the scanner captures 3D images in just 7 minutes.

7. XYZprinting da Vinci miniMaker

The XYZprinting da Vinci miniMaker is a safe printer that uses non-heated PLA filament to create projects. It’s lightweight at just 18lbs in weight, making it easy to transport and share with other kids. With over 5000+ 3D models available to download, including everything from toys to educational items, there is something for every kid looking to create and innovate using 3D printing. The printer comes with access to an online course made for STEM learning; kids and teachers can make learning fun by bringing 3D printing into the classroom.

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8. ToyBox 3D Printer

Best 3D Printers for KidsWhile we were waiting for the ThingMaker to arrive the ToyBox printer has taken it’s place. Designed for kids, this little 3D printer is named appropriately. Simply pick a toy from the app and start printing! The toys that can be printed are already designed and sized, and developers have optimized each item for detail and speed when printing. The printer uses non toxic, biodegradable PLA material and kids can choose from over 500 toys to get started. Available for pre-order through their crowdfunding page.

9. UP mini 2 3D Printer

For parents and teachers who are searching for in-built HEPA air filtration in their 3D printer at a cost effective price, the UP mini 2 is the way to go. The 3D printer is easy to carry and lightweight, and unlike some of the other 3D printers, has an LCD touch screen control. Bonus parts include a tool box and a spool holder. With wireless capabilities and a sleek design, this is a great addition to any kids home.

10. Robo C2 Compact Smart 3D Printer

The Robo C2 is a stylish modern 3D printer that looks great in any home or classroom. A large LCD screen makes it easy to control and configure, and a fast print speed lets kids create 3D printing projects quickly. The printer connects wirelessly to your phone, and with access to the Robo app, kids can access a library with thousands of 3D models.

Last update on 2018-08-22 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API